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Introduction to Practice Nursing

The Practice Nursing programme of 60 credits at level 7 (postgraduate) was developed to address the issues of recruitment and competency across the East Midlands region.

It aims to prepare registered nurses who have not worked in general practice before to have a baseline competence in the General Practice Nursing (GPN) role through both theoretical and practice learning. This will allow employers in the future to expect a safe, competence practice nurse and a certain level of consistency in terms of knowledge, skills and competence.

This programme was shortlisted for a Health Services Journal Award – Workforce category in 2014.

This programme incorporates academic learning and work based learning and includes key clinical skills required for General Practice Nursing which include venepuncture, ear care, wound management and cervical cytology.


  • Flexible study options allow you to study at a level to suit your professional needs; with progression opportunities from undergraduate level to PG Cert
  • Our team of experienced academics are all specialist practice and community nurses, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice and a wide range of issues and contemporary debates in the field
  • Benefit from direct input and visiting lecturers from experienced practitioners in the field; broadening your perspective of practice nursing regionally and nationally
  • Inter-professional learning develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional 

Entry Criteria

  • A UK Honours degree (2:2 or above in a relevant subject, or equivalent)
  • A minimum 60 credits (inclusive of research) at level 6
  • Effective registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register
  • Be employed as a general practice nurse by the start of the programme
  • You must complete a declaration form and enhanced DBS disclosure application form before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy.
  • If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is essential.
  • NHS East Midlands employees may be eligible for funding from Health Education East Midlands and should check with their line manager/trust authorised signatory.
  • Employees from the private, voluntary and independent sector may also be eligible. Please contact us for more information. 


This programme covers the whole of the East Midlands and will be delivered at De Montfort University Leicester


This programme is in the early implementation stage and fees are currently supported by the Local Education Training Board and Health Education England, working across the East Midlands.

This programme is in the early implementation stage and fees are currently supported by the Local Education Training Board and Health Education England, working across the East Midlands.

Employers are required to pay a £500 contribution towards the cost of the programme.

For students outside of the East Midlands please contact Shona Green on


How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information


Key information

Module Category: PNUR
Module Code: 5000
Module Credits: 60
Module Level: 7

Module leader

Shona Green
T: 0116 257 7289



January 2018 Cohort

This Cohort will be delivered at Lincolnshire on the following dates.

  • Thursday 25 January
  • Monday 29 January
  • Monday 5 February
  • Monday 19 February
  • Tuesday 27 February
  • Wednesday 28 February
  • Monday 5 March
  • Monday 12 March
  • Monday 19 March
  • Monday 9 April
  • Monday 16 April
  • Monday 23 April
  • Monday 30 April
  • Monday 14 May
  • Monday 21 May
  • Monday 9 July

January 2018 Cohort

This Cohort will be delivered at De Montfort University Leicester on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 31 January 2018
  • Thursday 1 February 2018
  • Thursday 8 February 2018
  • Thursday 15 February 2018
  • Tuesday 20 February 2018
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018
  • Thursday 1 March 2018
  • Thursday 8 March 2018
  • Thursday 15 March 2018
  • Thursday 22 March 2018
  • Thursday 12 April 2018
  • Thursday 19 April 2018
  • Thursday 26 April 2018
  • Thursday 3 May 2018
  • Thursday 10 May 2018
  • Thursday 17 May 2018
  • Thursday 12 July 2018

Modules Description

The Introduction to Practice Nursing is a 60 credit module that runs over two semesters. The end of the module assesses achievement of the standards set Working in Partnership Programme (RCN 2012) i.e. The GPN Career Framework for Level 5. The module content is also aligned to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) competencies by. 

Preparation for Study

PNUR 3000 is a degree-level module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work at degree-level standard. If it is sometime since you undertook other kinds of academically assessed work, you will be well advised to consider undertaking the Return to Study module (NMAH 2000) beforehand.


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